Council tickets run today for election

first_img “We also want to have open hours twice a month where any sophomore can come and give us suggestions,” he said. Some of these events include a “Tour of Religions,” giving seniors the opportunity to experience the different faiths represented on campus, senior class bar crawls for students of legal age and improved apparel, Stroud said. Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary, and Nolan Welsh plan to use their experience within student government to leave a legacy for the Class of 2013, Doherty said. Weiss emphasized community outreach, a wider variety of class apparel and class trips to a Cubs game and Cedar Point as some of his ticket’s plans for next year. Several years of working in student government has given him an ability to set realistic and achievable goals, Weiss said. The rest of his ticket has similar experience. “We want to create a united class, address the needs articulated by the class and most importantly, bring people together to form a stronger Notre Dame community,” Michels said. “We’re thinking of maybe building a jungle gym or playground area that can be donated from the Class of 2014,” he said. Other possible projects are Domer Dollars for Eddy St. businesses, more Huddle options and Grab and Go meal flexibility, she said. “We feel that we will give the Sophomore Class Council a different personality,” he said. “Which will lead to the creation of more events, making next year more enjoyable for all sophomores.” The “Save the Best for Last” platform consists of unique programming for the Class of 2012, such as a “Beginning of the End” networking barbeque with a beer garden, “Night in Napa” wine tasting, new class apparel and monthly senior masses. Catalano said his ticket hopes to plan events such as a class dance to bring the class together. He said the dance would hopefully be a formal, but possibly an SYR for the entire class. The ticket plans to broaden the range of internship and job opportunities for students of all majors. Nwannunu said they would examine inconsistencies between male and female dorms with regards to social gatherings. Krenselewski and his running mates want to create a greater sense of class unity. With “dress up days” on the 14th of every month, a day in which all sophomores would wear the same color, Krenselewski said sophomores would feel a strong community atmosphere. Rocky Stroud, Jessica Choi, Chris Chung, Ali Unger Konkey said she also wants a fundraiser event for the class of 2014. The candidates hope for an enjoyable year and a more close-knit class through greater variety in class apparel, a junior retreat, a class Facebook page and Twitter feed, and a “Margaritaville” event during the spring, which Doherty said the ticket is particularly excited for. “Our vision of Senior Class Council is to make bigger events, partnering with other offices on campus such as the Career Center, to get as many seniors as possible to participate,” she said. Many of their ideas, including a class service trip to a disaster area somewhere in the U.S., focus on helping others. Moore said he intends to work with younger children in the South Bend school district. All of the members of this ticket have served on class councils in the past so they are familiar with the process of planning and executing events, German said. Sophomore Class Council “We want to work with the Alumni Association to try and help seniors build some professional contacts before they graduate,” German said. Nicole Michels, Pat Bedard, Adam Talbot, Elizabeth Linnemanstons Some of the major activities Michels’ ticket hopes to make a reality if elected include a class spirit week, class Mass, a campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies and a life-sized replication of Candyland on a quad. In addition to a variety of fun events throughout the year, Huntington said the ticket plans on making the end of the year especially memorable for the graduating seniors. “We want to be able to appeal to everyone on campus and build equality, unity and opportunity,” Nwannunu said. Coley Konkey said the four students running on her ticket come from different backgrounds with different ideas to better the student body. Schilling also hopes to create and sell “glowsaries,” glow-in-the-dark rosaries to be used at class trips of the Grotto. “Dorms have one signature event [benefiting a charity],” she said. “We want a signature event for the class to have yearly.” “We want class-wide events,” he said. “We want people to know each other in our class.” “We are thinking of a seasonal class social event, like a tailgate in the fall, which really helps you meet new people in your class,” she said. “We’re also thinking about a ‘Snow Ball’ for winter and a spring carnival.” Other activities planned for next year include spending leftover funds from this year’s Freshman Class Council on a class ski trip to a resort in Michigan and a class-wide ‘assassins’ fundraiser. Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander and Tyler Harmsen’s plan for next year’s graduating class centers on fun activities and memorable experiences, Huntington said. None of the students on this ticket has been part of class council before, but they decided to run together after being a part of a physics study group. Michels said all members of her ticket are personable, easy-going people who will listen to concerns brought up by members of the Class of 2014. Coley Konkey, Princely Muro, Kelsey Repine, Lauren Katen “Our ticket is a diverse ticket as far as interests go, as we represent many different aspects of our student body,” Michels said. “We encompass people in varsity athletics, music, ROTC and student government, all factors which I think allow us to easily connect to members of our class.” Rocky Stroud, Jessica Choi, Chris Chung and Ali Unger hope to strengthen the sense of unity among members of the senior class through their focus on the “little things,” Stroud said. Junior Class Council “It’s our last year on campus, and we want to make it awesome,” King said. Krenselewski said his ticket hope to put other activites into action next year, including trips to off-campus locations, including Chicago and Cedar Point, as well as a class ski trip. The election committee approved 13 tickets to run for Class Council. Seven tickets are running for Sophomore Class Council, while Junior and Senior Class Councils have three tickets each. Elections will take place online today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “We feel that our combined experience give us an advantage when it comes to working around red tape and producing great results for our class next year,” he said. Francie Crowell, Brandon Vo, Kaitlyn Cole, Aaron Stumpf “What we have noticed is that class councils throw a couple big events that a lot of people go to,” Stroud said. “What we want to do is have a lot more little events that maybe not everyone goes to, but you have more options.” Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache, Alesandra Mendoza To fix the communication problem, Krenselewski said his ticket will use a website, Facebook page, open town hall-style meetings and an optional text messaging service to reach out to members of the Class of 2014. “We envision Domecoming eventually evolving into a school-wide spirit week and Homecoming Dance, and next year we plan to take steps toward this goal by involving other classes in the dance,” he said. The ticket also hopes to plan a class trip over fall or spring break and prayer services at the Grotto during finals. All of Crowell’s ticket has hall council experience in their respective dorms. Crowell said her lack of previous student government experience will prove to be an asset in representing the average Notre Dame junior. Some of these Bucket List events include a meeting with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and a dinner in the press box, King said. “We realized one of the major flaws in student government this year was the lack of communication between class councils,” Krenselewski said. “If elected, we will focus on repairing that, as we feel it would make a big difference for not only student government, but for the entire student body.” “At the beginning of the year, none of us really knew one another,” Schilling said. “We think holding another Domerfest for sophomores will be exponentially more fun than the Domerfest held during freshman orientation.” The candidates identify three categories of projects for next year, should they be elected: uniting the junior class, giving back to the community and helping juniors prepare for their future, Crowell said. Doherty said the group anticipates this year’s first Domecoming to expand into a campus-wide series of events. Nicole Michels, Pat Bedard, Adam Talbot and Elizabeth Linnemanstons plan to bring their diverse interests and approachability to their seats on the Sophomore Class Council if elected. The goal of Tom Catalano’s ticket to foster class unity, he said. Doherty said the ticket stands out because of its candidates’ experience. Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary, Nolan Welsh “We think we come from a more diverse background, not having already been part of that system,” she said. “So we’ll more easily be able to portray what the students want.” Mike Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress, Sean Hannon The ticket’s other ideas include forming partnerships with local businesses and planning class retreats to cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York. Tom Catalano, Erica Smith, Jon Savakus, Rachel Kalinoski ‘Domerfest 2.0′ is one of the major events Schilling and his ticket hope to plan in the coming school year. Nicholas Schilling said his ticket seeks to overcome class communication and unity issues, if elected to the Sophomore Class Council. “We want to create events for the Class of 2014 that are bigger, better and more attended than this year’s events,” Krenselewski said. Nicholas Schilling, Paul DiGiovanni, Mary Clare Rigali, Margaret Preuss Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander, Tyler Harmsen Konkey is running with Princely Muro, Kelsey Repine and Lauren Katen. According to Konkey, none of them have been involved with student government before running in this election. “Not only do we have new ideas, but with our experience we can definitely execute them,” Weiss said. Senior Class Council Beyond social events, Catalano said he wants to establish a class fundraising event focused on one cause, though his ticket is still open for suggestions on what that cause might be. Catalano is running with Erica Smith, Jon Savakus and Rachel Kalinoski to represent the Class of 2014. “Girls always say, ‘We’re so envious of guy dorms because you all get away with everything,’” Nwannunu said. “We’re going to make a push for more equal treatment there.” “We want to improve campus, and help make it and South Bend a better place,” she said. Schilling said his ticket’s experience on Freshman Class Council will be integral to next year’s Sophomore Class Council working well. This ticket would also like to establish a career development committee to prepare seniors for work post-graduation, German said. The Catalano ticket is not currently involved in student government, according to Catalano. All were involved in student government in high school. Class unity lies at the heart of the platform presented by Rayven Moore, Romel Nicholas, Johnny Romano and Grace Foster. As their campaign slogan implies, sophomores Francie Crowell, Brandon Vo, Kaitlyn Cole and Aaron Stumpf hope to bring a “fresh perspective” to the Junior Class Council. “My ticket’s main focus is to get the entire class involved in decision-making processes and to hold events that everyone can enjoy,” Moore said. Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache and Alesandra Mendoza hope to bring the experience they all gained as members of the Freshman Class Council to the Sophomore Class Council. “We wanted to use our talents to give back to the seniors and make new events that other people would be interested in,” Stroud said. Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott, Brinya Bjork Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott and Brinya Bjork hope to use their extensive experience in campus leadership to help seniors accomplish the “Notre Dame Bucket List,” King said. Rayven Moore, Romel Nicholas, Johnny Romano, Grace Foster “We also have some exciting new ideas for Senior Week, such as ‘Reminiscing from the Rooftop,’ which would be a champagne toast from the roof of Eddy Street Commons,” she said. Mike Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress and Sean Hannon hope to combine new ideas with past experience to preside over next year’s Junior Class Council. Clare Yarka, Brandon Nwannunu, Kara Cronin, Calvin Belden Clare Yarka, Brandon Nwannunu, Kara Cronin and Calvin Belden hope to unite the sophomore class by ensuring the class’s diverse interests are represented in the class council. “We have a good blend of experience,” German said. “We know what kind of events people would enjoy.”last_img read more

Keeping the door open

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the second installment in a two-part series on University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s legacy at Notre Dame. This series is also the final installment in the “From the Office of the President” series. The door was always open, and the light was always on. That was Fr. Ted Hesburgh’s philosophy during the 35 years he inhabited the Office of the President in the Main Building. “The students were up half the night, so my light was on until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. every night, and the door was open so the kids felt free to come in,” Hesburgh said. “And so most universities … the big problem was that nobody was listening to them, and they couldn’t meet the people in charge. They couldn’t say that to me.” The 1960s were a turbulent period on college campuses across the nation, a time when students rebelled against administrators at University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.  “I was on many … national organizations for educational development and growth, so I was in daily touch with many of the leaders of higher education,” Hesburgh said. “So all of that was helpful, and it was fortunate that I was around long enough to get to know many of those people as life-long friends, and they were all very helpful of course.” Like at other schools across the country, anger boiled at Notre Dame. But Hesburgh engaged students rather than ran from them, even as bricks flew through the windows of presidents’ offices at other schools, he said. At the height of student revolution around the country, Hesburgh penned a letter to the student body in February 1969 outlining Notre Dame’s policy on dissent and protest. The letter, soon known across the country as his “Tough 15-Minute Rule,” also ran in The New York Times. “I believe that I now have a clear mandate from this University community to see that: (1) our lines of communication between all segments of the community are kept as open as possible, with all legitimate means of communicated dissent assured, expanded and protected; (2) civility and rationality are maintained; and (3) violation of another’s rights or obstruction of the life of the University are outlawed as illegitimate means of dissent in this kind of open society,” the letter stated. The letter continued to explain any student who did protest, violently or nonviolently, in a way that infringed the rights of others would be given 15 minutes to reconsider and stop his actions. If that student chose not to do so, he could turn in his ID card at the end of 15 minutes and consider himself suspended. Students without ID cards would be charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace on private property. “May I now say in all sincerity that I never want to see any student expelled from this community because, in many ways, this is always an educative failure,” the letter stated. “Even so, I must likewise be committed to the survival of the University community as one of man’s best hopes in these troubled times.” More than 40 years after Hesburgh sat down in the early hours of the morning to write that letter, he sat again in his office. The smell of cigar smoke hung in the air. The dome is visible out the west window, shining in the early afternoon sun over Hesburgh’s shoulder. “I found that students are wonderful people if you understand them,” Hesburgh said. “And what you have to understand is they’re not full-fledged adults. They are people moving toward that goal. … You have to kind of be patient with ’em because they make some mistakes, but you also have to be friends with them so you can help them in their career of growth.” It’s been 60 years since Hesburgh first sat in the Office of the President. His office is now on the 13th floor of the library, but it still sees a steady stream of students. They read his newspapers aloud, and he listens. He tells his stories, and they listen. “I have found students a delight rather than a menace,” Hesburgh said. “I’ve learned a lot from them. I hope they’ve learned something from me.”last_img read more

Professor panel discusses lawsuit

first_img Bradley said Notre Dame’s legal position rests on the belief that the new health care law imposes a burden on the University and results in a moral dilemma. The issue might be simpler if it was just a matter of contraceptives, he said, but some of the approved treatments have been found to act as abortifacients. The Professors for Lunch series hosted a panel discussion of religious liberty and the University’s lawsuit in response to the Obama administration’s healthcare mandate Friday afternoon in North Dining Hall. She said no matter what the result of the lawsuit is, Catholics will continue to decide for themselves whether or not to use contraceptives. “With either type of health care system, religious liberty would no longer be an issue,” he said. Theology professor Ann Astell, theology professor Mary D’Angelo, law professor Gerard Bradley and history professor Mark Noll participated in the panel titled, “Why is Notre Dame suing the Obama administration to protect religious freedom? And should it be doing so?” Astell said she agreed with the University’s decision to file a suit in defense of religious freedom. Bradley said the government must recognize that maintaining the religious freedom of Notre Dame and other Catholic institutions affects more than just those institutions. The University is not legally required to prove that the Catholic position against contraceptives is objectively or definitively true, he said. Astell said this difference between a Catholic and public hospital applies to all Catholic institutions. She said the difference is threatened by the new health care regulations. “The supposed good to be gained from giving free contraceptives as preventative care in this particular way, when other methods are available, has to be weighed against the resulting loss of religious freedom,” Astell said. “The issue is not about the right of individuals to use contraceptives, but rather about Notre Dame’s right to stand on Church teaching.” Noll said Notre Dame and other Catholic institutions would be helped by their history of defending religious liberty in general. “When the University filed its suit, it acted courageously and prophetically on its own behalf and on behalf of other religious institutions,” she said. She said the difference between formal and material cooperation is important in this case. Formal cooperation is remote and indirect, while material cooperation is direct and purposeful, she said. “Litigants with a history of helping other groups maintain religious liberty have a better chance of success in this case,” Noll said. “Religious liberty is a common good,” he said. She said conscience takes precedence over Church teaching and Catholics must accept the Church’s position for it to truly become doctrine. But many individual Catholics have not accepted the prohibition on contraceptives. “Among Notre Dame’s responsibilities as a prominent Catholic institution is to bear itself as a conspicuous model of Catholic morality,” Bradley said. “Catholics must and will continue to follow the dictates of their conscience,” she said. Bradley said there are two problems with the way the government has viewed religious freedom in this case. He said a company, which petitioned for an exemption because it incorporates Catholic values into its business practices, was told that it is a secular business and thus its practices are not considered religious. Notre Dame has a greater responsibility than an individual Catholic in terms of abiding by Church teaching, since many look to it as a model of Catholic values, he said. “The constitutional framework is murky,” he said. “Starting in the 1920s and ’30s the reach of government went beyond anything conceived of at the time of the Constitution’s drafting.” The United States should adopt a universal health care system modeled after either that of Germany or Canada, Noll said, as this would eliminate religious liberty concerns. D’Angelo said it is important to acknowledge that Notre Dame and the other Catholic institutions that have joined the suit are in the minority of all Catholic institutions in the country. “Looking at this case, this body of law, there are two alarming understandings of religious liberty: that Catholic businesses cannot have religious practices and that to be a religious institution, the purpose of an institution must be the inculcation of religious values,” he said. Astell said Martin Luther King Jr. requested that his aids bring him to a Catholic hospital if anything ever happened to him and they did so on the day of his assassination. The United States of America has a long history of protecting religious freedom and that this tradition is now at risk, she said. Institutions will still be remote from the use of contraceptives if they comply with the provision, D’Angelo said. The effect of the provision is simply to move the cost of contraceptives from one part of an employee’s compensation to another – from salary to benefits. Astell said the proper way to approach the issue is to weigh the benefits of the provision requiring employers to provide free contraceptives in their health plans against the cost of compliance. Noll said it is difficult to determine this issue based on the constitution because the constitution’s framers had no way of anticipating our modern society. “Paying for contraceptives can be problematic for those at the bottom of the pay scale,” she said. A more general healthcare system is needed in America instead of employers providing health insurance, Noll said. This would prevent issues of religious liberty from arising. Noll said the fact that we have not moved to such a system is a failure of our government to provide for the health of its citizens. “If one presidential administration can infringe on this aspect of religious freedom, what stops another administration from further infringing on this First Amendment right?” she said. He said the exemption to the contraceptive provision granted to churches does not extend to Catholic schools or hospitals because there purpose is not the inculcation of religious values. “The law provides for all FDA-approved contraceptives and some of these can act as abortifacients,” Bradley said. “The University can’t just accept the purely contraceptive treatments. The contraceptives and abortifacients are a package.” D’Angelo said making the cost of contraceptives part of an employee’s benefits as opposed to the money coming from the employee’s salary makes a difference for some employees.last_img read more

London Stage actors, students to perform in two-month-long Shakespeare festival

first_imgStudents and professional actors will take the stage together throughout August and September to perform Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merry Wives of Windsor as part of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF), an annual event that spans two months and connects students, actors and the community.This year is a milestone for the NDSF, Grant Mudge, the Ryan producing artistic director for the festival, said. It not only marks the event’s 15th year at Notre Dame, but also the 150th anniversary of the first full production of a Shakespeare play on campus and the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.Photo Courtesy of Aaron Nichols Henry IV, the first Shakespeare play to be performed in its entirety at Notre Dame, was an obvious choice for this year’s Professional Company show, Mudge said. The play presents a moral dilemma to its characters, he said.“Henry IV is about Prince Henry choosing his path in life, between [Sir John] Falstaff’s way of life and that of his father—a sort of severe rigor of justice and the law—versus a life of licentiousness and drunken debauchery,” Mudge said.Actors from the London Stage, a group of five professional actors from the London Theatre, will perform Much Ado About Nothing, Mudge said. Senior Guillermo Alonso, who plays Poins and Feeble in Henry IV and Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor highlighted the unique experience the festival provides to Notre Dame and the community.“The main-stage show will allow audiences to experience a full-fledged professional production of Shakespeare, such as the one you might experience by going to the British National Theatre,” Alonso said. “The festival really offers a very unique theatrical experience.” Sophomore Helena Petlick, the stage manager for Merry Wives of Windsor and the assistant stage manager for Henry IV, said that the festival gives students a chance to experience theater in a way they never have before. “Students can go into the theatre right on campus and can engage with professional actors that have performed on Broadway and have acted in films in Hollywood,” Petlick said. Petlick believes seeing a live performance will lead students to see Shakespeare differently.“Unfortunately, there’s a preconceived notion that one has to be a scholar or English major to understand and enjoy Shakespeare, and that’s just not true,” Petlick said. Alonso said he also hoped the festival will give students a deeper appreciation of Shakespeare.“Students going to the festival will be able to witness just how malleable Shakespeare really is, and hopefully it will make them appreciate the genius behind the Bard.”A free performance of Merry Wives of Windsor will be held for students on August 25 at 7 p.m. in front of the Main Building. Henry IV will be performed from August 21-31 and Much Ado About Nothing will be performed from September 17-19 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling 574-631-2800. Additional information on the NDSF can be found at Henry IV, London Stage, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare at Notre Damelast_img read more

Weather causes game-weekend cancellations

first_imgFootball activities and gameday staff encountered unusual challenges last weekend after “unprecedented” amounts of snow and harsh winds overtook campus, according to Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety. Emmet Farnan | The Observer Irish senior quarterback Everett Golson rushes down the field during Notre Dame’s 43-40 overtime loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Some events before the game were cancelled due to inclement weather.“The snow and the cold played big factors in the weekend’s activities around the game,” Seamon said. “To everyone’s knowledge, we cannot remember a time when we had so much snow leading up to a game.“We’ve certainly experienced snow in and around certain games over the years, including as recently as the BYU game last season, but we’ve never had over 12 inches of snow fall within a 48-hour period leading up to the game.”Seamon said clearing Notre Dame Stadium of excess snow by game time posed the biggest problem for his gameday crew, who for the first time had to look to the Notre Dame community and beyond for assistance“Numerous groups of individuals, including many students from various campus clubs and organizations, helped in removing literally tons of snow from the Stadium on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “… Some of the student groups that helped in the shoveling included ROTC, the Rugby Club and the Boxing Club.“From Thursday evening when the snow finally stopped falling through Saturday morning, we had over 400 people from various student, staff and outside agencies help with the operation. We built and implemented the response as this amount of snow during the season was unprecedented.”Seamon said the harsh weather conditions throughout the days leading up to the game disrupted traditional football weekend activities.“The Friday Tunnel Tour was suspended as we were busy hauling all of the snow out of the Stadium during the afternoon and throughout the entire night,” he said. “We were forced to reduce some parking and limit the courtesy golf cart rides and the student pedal cab service due to the snowy conditions. The Band also had to cancel its traditional Friday step-off and practice due to the inclement weather.”Other football-related events saw a decline in attendance. Seamon said the Friday luncheon had more than 800 guests and 5,000 people attended the pep rally in the Compton Family Ice Arena. For the game against the University of North Carolina, those events drew 1,050 and 8,250 fans, respectively.Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) made six arrests on campus Saturday, including four for “public intoxication or public order-related offenses” and two for shoplifting, according to NDSP Chief Phil Johnson.Johnson said the snowy conditions complicated travel and parking procedures but did not create any serious problems.“The cold weather and snow presented some challenges for fans but the parking lot operations went well and traffic moved along safely,” he said. “I’m thankful for all the staff who braved cold temperatures to welcome and assist guests in the lots and to the area police officers who directed traffic to help fans get to campus and then again on their way following the game.”Tags: gameday, Mike Seamon, NDSP, Northwestern, Notre Dame football, Notre Dame Security Police, Phil Johnson, snowlast_img read more

Heritage Dinner celebrates SMC

first_imgThe Heritage Dinner brought together Saint Mary’s students, faculty and alumnae to share in food and friendship in Stapleton Lounge of Le Mans Hall on Wednesday evening.Sarah Prezek, senior and student government association (SGA) mission chair, said the event is one of the best-loved traditions of Heritage Week at Saint Mary’s.“This is the most formal event of the week, where students have the chance to attend a nicer meal than the average dining hall dinner and to meet other members of the Saint Mary’s community who share in the College’s sisterhood,” Prezek said.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer The dinner featured various members of the Saint Mary’s community as “special guests,” among Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Shay Jolly, Director of Campus Ministry Judy Fean, Vice President for Enrollment Management Mona Bowe and Assistant Director of Phonathon Kelly Courington, Prezek said.Also on the guest-list were a number of sisters from the Congregation of Holy Cross, including professor of English Sr. Eva Hooker and Sr. Veronique Wiedower, current president of the Congregation, who delivered the keynote address, Prezek said.After a three-course meal, Sr. Wiedower gave a presentation called “Belles Then and Now” on the history of the College. Prezek said the presentation included a slideshow of photos from past students and places on campus that have changed drastically through the years.Senior Madison Maidment said this was her favorite part of the event, as she learned more about the College than she knew before.“My favorite picture shown during Sister’s presentation was of an equestrian competition in front of Le Mans Hall,” Maidment said. “Sister said the green field in front of the building that we know as ‘alumnae green’ used to be used for horseback-riding by the students back in the day.”After the presentation, students mingled with other guests and were encouraged to share in their “Saint Mary’s heritage” from the “past, present and into the future,” Prezek said.“I think one of the most successful parts of the dinner was that students were able to just sit with sisters at their tables and get to know them,” Prezek said. “It’s so important for current students to realize how much the sisters do and have done for the College through the years, and having that solidarity with them is one of the best parts of attending Saint Mary’s.”Senior Nora Clougherty said she was also thankful for the opportunity to socialize with the sisters.“I loved getting the chance to talk to some of the sisters because they are such wonderful women,” Clougherty said. “Sharing stories with them was so great, and the presentation of ‘Belles Then and Now’ was awesome to see how much Saint Mary’s has grown and to see how much it still remains the same.”There more events scheduled this week will further showcase Saint Mary’s heritage and traditions. A poetry reading is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Cushwa-Leighton Library, where Prezek said students and professors will read poems that address the theme of Saint Mary’s. Some poems date as far back as 1892 from the College’s earliest publications, she said.At 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, there will be tours of the Heritage Room in the convent.“The tour is a great way for students to learn more about the sisters – the people who founded the College and made it into the place it is today,” Prezek said.The week’s events conclude Friday with a trivia game during lunch in Noble Family Dining Hall, where students can win a variety of prizes based on heritage and history questions about Saint Mary’s.Tags: heritage dinner, Heritage Week, heritage week 2015, saint mary’s, saint mary’s heritage, sarah prezek, sister veronique wiedowerlast_img read more

Couple endows rector position of Dillon Hall

first_imgAlumnus James Corgel and his wife, Christine, gifted $1 million to endow the rector position in Dillon Hall on Tuesday, a University press release said. This gift represents the first endowed rector position in a new initiative launched by the University to endow all rector positions in the 29 residence halls, the press release said.The endowment will provide for a portion of the rector’s salary, which will allow the University to provide more funds to each hall for events and programs, the press release said.“The residence hall community has always been central to a Notre Dame undergraduate education, and the rector is a crucial figure in building that community,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said.“Through their gift, Jim and Chris support the continuation of an educational ideal at Notre Dame that joins moral and spiritual growth with intellectual learning in the residence hall and the classroom.”The current rector of Dillon Hall is Fr. Paul Doyle, who has served in this position since 1997, according to the press release.“The rector role at Notre Dame is unique within higher education,” Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs, said. “While they have other important responsibilities, rectors serve first and foremost as pastors of our cherished residential communities …“This wonderfully generous gift from Jim and Chris is a powerful affirmation of the importance of this role to Notre Dame’s undergraduate education.”James Corgel ’73 earned his B.A. and MBA from Notre Dame and participated in the Irish Guard while he was an undergraduate, the press release said. Corgel retired from IBM in 2013, where he was a member of the senior management group, the press release said. He currently serves as chair of the University’s Undergraduate Advisory Council and has previously served on the Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council, the press release said. He also received the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus award, according to the press release.His wife, Christine Corgel, earned her B.A. from Michigan State University and served in a variety of executive positions at IBM, the press release said. She now serves on the board of the Mercy Learning Center and is a mentor for at-risk high school students, the press release said.“As a Dillon hall resident, I experienced great coaching and camaraderie that helped me prosper and grow at Notre Dame,” James Corgel said. “This environment was created and nurtured by my rectors, Frs. Jim Flanigan and Dave Schlaver.“Today’s role models like Fr. Paul Doyle will ensure that residential life at ND remains relevant, leading-edge and inclusive. To me, this is a smart investment.”Tags: Dillon Hall, Fr. Paul Doyle, James Corgel, rector positionlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students travel to Indianapolis to learn about bill

first_imgOn Tuesday, girls from Saint Mary’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders department rose before the sun to begin their journey down to the Indianapolis Statehouse for Legislative Day, which gives students the opportunity to speak face to face with state legislators about bills and laws that will directly affect them and their profession.Saint Mary’s sophomore Alexandria Leonardo said students, as future citizens of the world, have a responsibility to fix the problems society faces.“It’s very important for students to advocate. We’re the next generation,” Leonardo said. “We are the world. Something that is an issue to us will be an issue to the next generation if we don’t fix it; if we aren’t the ones to fix this issue then it’s gonna keep going.” The Saint Mary’s students discussed Senate Bill-189 amongst themselves during a session in the morning before heading over to the Indiana State House. The bill would issue emergency permits to people who have not had full training in the speech-language pathology and audiology fields.The bill is a major point of concern for both professional politicians and Saint Mary’s students, Leonardo said.“I’m very passionate about my major and what I’m studying to be and I believe that this issue with the emergency bill permits is a very problematic thing for our profession — and not only for the SLP’s and audiologists, but also the patients that we are serving and treating,” she said.After the morning session, the group headed across the street to begin campaigning for the dismissal of SB-189 from the floor. At the luncheon served for the event students, teachers and legislators mingled and discussed the contentious bill. Senior Emma Lewis said speaking with representatives was a valuable opportunity she particularly enjoyed.“I got to talk to two representatives and really see their reaction to the stories that I’ve experienced with children who have been misdiagnosed,” Lewis said. “In a lot of ways, it’s easy to see how this bill can be construed as a good thing. But these senators need to hear from people with experience, from people with the education, to really understand how this bill works when it is put into effect.” There are hopes that Tuesday will change the mindsets of Indiana legislators, Leonardo said.“I really want there to be awareness for the legislators of how problematic and important this issue is to us,” she said. Lewis said the Legislative Day trip was also important to students as one of their last chances to travel with Saint Mary’s.“[I want] to make an impact on the world, and that’s kind of what Saint Mary’s has us do anyway,” she said. “I felt like as a senior, I really need to be here, because if there’s anything that I can do to make sure that I leave something good behind from Saint Mary’s showing up to the state house.” Tags: Civil Service, Indianapolis, Legislative Day, Politics, public policy, State Politics, travellast_img read more

Student-run radio station provides platform for shows, music

first_imgWVFI, or Voice of the Fighting Irish Radio, is Notre Dame’s student-run radio station, providing students a chance to share their interests, music and thoughts with a wide audience on campus and beyond.(Editor’s Note: The Observer’s Scene Editor, Mike Donovan, is station manager of WVFI.)WVFI began broadcasting exclusively online in 2000, and listeners can tune in from almost anywhere in the world on WVFI’s website. This semester, the station broadcasts 81 different student-run shows a week. When no one is scheduled to broadcast, the station plays songs selected by the WVFI board’s music committee.Previously housed in the LaFortune Student Center, WVFI’s studio is now located on the second floor of the Duncan Student Center.Senior Andres Walliser-Wejebe is a WVFI board member and co-editor of Mindset, the station’s magazine. Walliser-Wejebe said the radio station exists to give students a place to have fun and share their ideas and creative projects with an audience.“The main purpose of the radio station is for students to have shows,” Walliser-Wejebe said. “But I’d say, at least for me, it’s felt more like a community.”Perhaps evidenced by their 81 weekly shows, the station tries to broadcast a diverse range of content. While many of the shows are music-based, their subjects vary widely, Walliser-Wejebe said.“The only rule we have is to stay behind the red line — so no profanity — but other than that, you can play whatever you want and talk about whatever you want,” she said. “Personally, I’ve done a show over the past three years with my roommate and we just pick a theme going into it, just a random theme, and we’ll play a song related to it, talk, play another song. I think some people just go to hang out and talk — just hanging out with the mics on — and other people really like to plan it out and have topics.”The shows are broadcast from the WVFI studio near-real time (there’s about an 8 second delay) which allows listeners to interact with show hosts.Senior Charlie Hergenrother is another WVFI board member as well as website developer. He said in addition to their regularly scheduled programming, WVFI also holds charity events. The station’s Radiothon event raises money for Girls Rock Camp, an organization that promotes and teaches musical and life skills to girls and young women.“Basically, it’s just a day-long series of skits and things that the board hangs out and does to try to get people to donate to this Girls Rock Camp,” Hergenrother said.WVFI is classified and operates as a campus club run by a board of 15 members. At the beginning of each semester, the club holds a “show picks night’ where they select and schedule the semester’s programming. Participants are trained how to use the equipment, and the broadcasting begins. Although this semester’s programming has already been selected, Hergenrother said those interested in getting involved don’t necessarily have to wait until next year.“You can get a show after [show picks night], but there’s only kind of weird times left, like weekends or really early in the morning,” he said. “I would say [to prospective participants] to drop by the station during the day — someone from the board is almost always there — and just talk to us about it.”Tags: radio, WVFI, WVFI RadioThonlast_img read more

Jenkins urges ND community to comply with safety directives, says violations could lead to expulsion or dismissal

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins urged Notre Dame students, faculty and staff to follow new safety protocols to ensure the completion of the semester in an email Wednesday.All community members must wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and complete the daily health check in order to ensure safety for all community members upon return to campus.“The special character of the current challenge is that success does not depend on the actions of a single individual nor on each person’s commitment simply to take care of his or her own health,” Jenkins said.Three faculty members have been developing a model to determine the spread of  COVID-19 under different scenarios. According to the model, “the difference between only 60% of us wearing masks as required compared to 90% or more doing so could be the difference between our having to shut down campus again or having a successful, safe semester here,” Jenkins said.As the health of community members relies on compliance to the safety practices, student violation of the standards will be considered a disciplinary matter with the possibility of expulsion from campus. Faculty and staff who fail to comply may face serious sanctions including dismissal.“We have the chance to show the world how to continue the work of the University in the midst of the threat of this terrible virus,” Jenkins said. “Success depends on the choices we make individually and collectively.”Tags: COVID-19, John Jenkins, masks, safety protocolslast_img read more